Beautifully crafted hollow bronze cat with green patina and encrustations. Cats were worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. They were the sacred animal of the sun God Ra, Bastet and many other Gods. The earliest Egyptian depiction of the cat took the form of three hieroglyph symbols, each representing seated cats. These formed part of the phrase 'Lord of the City of Cats’ inscribed on a stone block from El-Lisht that may date as early as the reign of Pepy II, 2278-2184 BC. The Egyptian word for cat was the onomatopoeic term miw. A rare piece. 26th Dynasty.